Francine Rivers The Atonement Child
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His courage covered his brother's fear. This book was recommended to me by a friend as a resource for dealing with women who have had an abortion. Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction.
And that's probably because trying to resolve God issues is unending - the Christian life is a journey and ultimately, nothing ever really gets resolved. Eventually things snapped back to the current storyline but by midway through it was exuding an almost fairytale like feeling. To Francis your talent at telling stories to touch the soul of your readers is beyond life altering. This book challenges the Christian Church to be better, extend grace, and love people where they are at.
You may even find yourself challenging your own church family to better educate and love their own. There is no bad language and no graphic violence. Beyond that, there were just a lot of loose ends. Even though I already suffered through Redeeming Love, everyone said I should give this one a chance. Every single character is so depressed and has tons of problems.
If Rivers had introduced too much psychological trauma it would have made the book more graphic and would have changed the focus from God's plan of redemption to the crime, victim and criminal. But in this book, Rivers simply beats her point into the ground with every angle she can get. This touched my heart in so many ways. Since this book was a Christian novel about an unwanted pregnancy, one would also expect a strong anti-abortion message, but one also would expect a novel.
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With abortion such an issue even among Christians, I would encourage all Christians to read this. No one wants to talk about the facts, or give her any real information on the long term effects of a decision like this.
She does not spare the perfect, perfect Christians aka hypocrites in this book. Was that supposed to be her daughter in the future in this far fetched viscous circle of getting pregnant when you don't want to and deciding whether or not to abort the baby. Despite the lower points there were moments that shined. Didn't enjoy this at alll.
My only warning would be to any one that has been touched personally by abortion. And then the Epilogue, what was up with that? The end but I don't want to give it away so that is all I will say.
Fragrant blossoms herald spring, but the orchard is also a place of secrets and heartache. This book certainly gives much to think about.
But why then did she leave? This is a very hard book to read even for a believer. She was only interested in convincing her readers that abortion is the evilest thing on the planet. Is there a secret terrible enough that it should never be revealed, not even if it was tearing a family apart? What does God have to say about it?
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Her life as she knows it is over, unless she does what everyone else seems to think she should do, gets an abortion. Even when she got pregnant, her boyfriend trained to be a pastor and all her Christian College dean and professors, parents and friends wanted her to have an abortion saying that God will understand. For this reason a lot of the preachy sections just come across as over the top and condescending toward someone who might not be pro-life.
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The novel was not without some good points and strong writing, but rather inconsistently. There was suspense and real life emotions that made the characters feel real. While she struggles with the decision of what to do and her faith, her family struggles and nearly falls apart in the process. With help from her family and a true friend, she must find the strength to follow the path that her Savior has for her, and she just might find everything she could ever ask for.
We read this novel in a book club I facilitated, and all the ladies loved it! Check out my Francine Rivers shelf!
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